Brdi if finally in full production with packaging, it’s ready to ship. The last step in the Brdi production process is finishing. We recently visited Teknicote in Rhode Island, our powder coating partner. It’s an interesting process – the colored material arrives in the form of a fine powder, about the same consistency as flour. Once the parts are cleaned and dried, they arrive by conveyer to the spray coating area. The parts are grounded with a negative charge, the colored powder has a positive charge – so the powder is magnetically attracted to each part. There is almost no waste material in the process, with very little effort required to fully and evenly coat each piece. More important: there are no fumes or environmental emissions like those from a traditional ‘wet’ painting process.
Once evenly coated, the parts enter an oven for about 15 minutes, 5 minutes of cooling down and the parts are fully cured, 100% hardened, ready to touch and pack. The entire journey takes about an hour from raw part to finished piece. In the end, it’s a very hard, durable finish.
It’s very exciting to be at this stage – hard to believe that Brdi was a cardboard and tape model only 6 months ago.